Planter’s Punch Cocktail

A frosty planters punch with a cherry and pineapple garnish.

Love tropical rum drinks? This classic Caribbean rum punch recipe is light, refreshing and tastes like an island vacation. Many fruity rum drinks can be saccharine sweet, but this Planter’s Punch is the perfect balance of sweet, tart and RUM. Stock up on these Planters punch ingredients, so you can sip this quenching cocktail all summer long.

Planter's punch Ingredients assembled together.

We’ve all had them — those sicky-sweet, fruity rum drinks made from Hawaiian Punch and REALLY cheap liquor. That might have been ok when you were 21 and just happy to be old enough to “legally” drink tropical rum drinks… but we’re past that now, right? Now we want actual fruit juice in our cocktails. And while I won’t insist on the finest Rhum Agricole for this Planter’s Punch, you’ll want to take it a notch or two above fire-water.


  • Guava Nectar – I used Kern’s.
  • Orange Juice – you can use any brand.
  • Pineapple Juice – I used Dole.
  • Lime Juice – squeezed fresh.
  • Grenadine – I used Rose’s, but any will work.
  • Simple Syrup – make your own simple syrup with this recipe, or store-bought.
  • Bitters – I used orange bitters, but you can use Angostura or other types.
  • Allspice Dram – aka pimento dram, optional
  • Dark Rum (note: you can also use a mixture of dark and white rum in equal amounts)

Allspice dram is a potent, Caribbean spice-infused liquor that’s used widely in Tiki drinks as well as other, more traditional cocktails. You only need a very small amount in any drink, otherwise, it can overpower. Allspice dram isn’t always readily available at the liquor store, however, it’s not hard to make with a few whole spices, but it does take a while to fully develop. Once you’ve got some on hand, it’s as easy as measuring.  Try this Allspice Dram recipe from my friends, Leah and Jay at The Gastronom Blog.

Adding grenadine and Planter's punch ingredients to the glass for tropical rum drinks.

Fruity Rum Drinks – Two Ways

There are two ways to make these tropical rum drinks. By the glass and by the pitcher. No judgement here, either way… In the photos I’m showing you by the glass — but for my Dad, who serves these amazing fruity rum drinks when his friends visit him in the Florida Keys, it’s more practical to make up a pitcher full of Planter’s Punch ingredients earlier in the day. That way, he can easily refill his guests glasses, without further measuring and generally mucking up my Mom’s counter top. {I’ve included pitcher measurements in the recipe card.}

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overhead view of fruity rum drinks.

Planter’s Punch Runs In The Family

My grandfather used to make his own version of this Planter’s punch recipe for me when I visited him just out of college. He never had all of the juices on hand and usually my fruity cocktail ended up being little more than rum, orange juice and grenadine. However, to my then 20-something self, those tropical rum drinks were a bit of paradise.

Although the 20-somethings may not mind, my advice to you is to stock up on a few cans of pineapple and guava juice, so you’re never caught flat-footed.

adding guava juice and pineapple juice to the planter's punch recipe. Planter's punch ingredients are very tropical.

Making Planter’s Rum Punch Recipe By The Glass

  1. I like to chill all of the juices before making the cocktails. This is optional, but your drink will last a bit longer before the ice dilutes it.
  2. If you’re assembling individual Planter’s Punch, start by filling your glass with crushed ice.
  3. Add the grenadine, rum, allspice dram, guava nectar, pineapple juice, orange juice, simple syrup, bitters and lime juice.
  4. Give it a stir with a bar spoon or swizzle stick.
  5. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and assorted fruits as you like.
a dash of simple syrup and orange juice are added to the fruity rum drinks.

Assembling Tropical Rum Drinks By The Pitcher

  1. In a 64 ounce pitcher, combine the rum, juices, grenadine, simple syrup and bitters.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and chill several hours or overnight so that the punch gets ice cold and the flavors marry.
  4. To Serve: 
  5. Fill glasses with ice and pour the Planter’s Punch over the ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and other favorite garnishes.
Ready to drink, Planter's Punch, tropical rum drinks with garnish.

Let’s just bask in this, shall we? Look at that rosy blush. The icy, tropical blend. And aren’t those cocktail stirrers the CUTEST? Whether you’re spending your summer land-locked in the city with your fan on “high,”  lounging in a rocking chair on your back porch or with your feet planted firmly in the sand, I think we can all agree that THIS is what we want in our glass. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the steel drum band…

More Tropical Rum Drinks:

Snacks To Go With Planter’s Punch:

frosty tropical rum drink in a glass with garnish.

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5 from 8 votes

Planter’s Punch

A fruity, tropical drink that you’d order again and again when on vacation. Make them at home and feel the ocean breeze!.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Drinks
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword guava, orange juice, pineapple, rum
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1



  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • ½ ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water dissolved together)
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon allspice dram optional
  • 1 ounce guava nectar
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • squeeze fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 drops bitters

Garnishes (optional)

  • cinnamon stick traditional garnish
  • lime wedge
  • pineapple wedge
  • cherry
  • orange wedge
  • drink umbrellas


  • ½ cup grenadine
  • ½ cup simple syrup
  • 2 cups dark rum
  • 1 ¼ ounce allspice dram optional
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup guava nectar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon bitters
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice



  • Fill a glass with ice.
  • Add the grenadine, simple syrup, rum, allspice dram (if using), guava nectar, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice and bitters.
  • Stir to combine and garnish as you like.


  • Combine the grenadine, simple syrup, rum, allspice dram (if using) guava nectar, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice and bitters in a large pitcher. Chill several hours or overnight.
  • To serve, fill individual glasses with ice, pour the Planter’s Punch into the glasses and garnish as desired.


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 22.6mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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4 kinds of fruit juice, dark rum and grenadine make up the Planter's punch ingredients in this glass.

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  1. Making this weekend for a party! How many drinks does the pitcher make?


  2. 5 stars
    I love that it’s not overly sweet. So many cocktails like that taste like nothing but sugar.

  3. Sara Welch says:

    5 stars
    What a cool and refreshing cocktail with a kick! Looking forward to enjoying this all summer long; yum!

  4. 5 stars
    So fresh & fruity! This drink is the color of Summer!

  5. 5 stars
    This is such a pretty drink!